The mission of the St. Joseph County Great Start Collaborative is to engage the entire community to assure a coordinated system of services and resources to assist families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five.

Michigan Struggles to Support Child Care for Thousands of Children

Michigan has reduced funding for low-income child care by 67 percent since 2007. Research shows that high-quality centers can boost educational performance. Here they come, toddling down the hall at Starfish Family Services in Inkster, looking around, squealing and talking, one or two words at a time: […]

Only 1-in-10 At-Risk Children Get Benefit of Parental Coaching Program

A consensus of research shows home-visitation programs for families with young children improve child development, while saving taxpayers money that would otherwise go to remedial education, incarceration and other costs. The young mother greets Becca Boot at her front door like an old family friend. Boot quickly […]

Putting a Value on Young Minds

In a year when state legislators are disinclined to spend, a stunning report shows that Michigan can invest now in proven early childhood programs, or spend a great deal more later. The single most taxpayer-friendly policy that Michigan can pursue may be investing in proven early childhood […]

SJC CA/N Council’s MARCH Parent Workshops

Do your children listen to you? Are you tired of their challenging behavior? Do you wish you could make them behave just like magic?  Please join us for one or all of our parent workshops in Centreville at MSU Extension from 6-8 pm on March 9th, March […]

March 24, 2015 Strong Parents Strong Kids Workshop

In this workshop parents will be introduced to three key parts to your child’s success in school and life: their beliefs about their intelligence and abilities, how they envision their future, and their use of their character strengths. This will be a highly interactive presentation. When:   […]

April 28, 2015 Trauma and Toxic Stress Workshop

Celebration Breakfast Highlighting Council Accomplishments and Professional Development training on the impact of trauma and toxic stress and how to build resilience against child maltreatment and adverse childhood experiences. When:     April 28, 2015 Time:     Registration starts at 8am Training starts at 8:30am and goes until […]